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Current Sussex numbers for COVID, census and real estate

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Sometimes it’s just fun to cut through the words and look at the numbers.

Data from the 2020 10-year census is starting to trickle in. Looks like the Sussex County population currently stands at about 240,000. That’s up about 19 percent from the 197,103 Sussex residents counted in April 2010.

The Delaware population total as of 2020 stands at 989,948 compared to 897,934 in 2010, a 10 percent increase. But that’s still not enough to get us another seat in Congress. We still have two senators and one member of the House of Representatives. That’s the same number we’ve had since Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution back in 1787. Two U.S. senators was a great deal back then and continues to be a great deal now.

One notable but as yet unexplained statistic statewide and nationally: The 2010 census counted 2,943 Delawareans living overseas. In the 2020 census, that Delaware number dropped to 889. That’s consistent with…

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